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News, notes and recruiting nuggets from around the Pac-12...

Oct. 21 -- News, notes and recruiting nuggets from around the Pac-12...

Prospect of the Week

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit cornerback Demetrius Douglas will play in the secondary when he gets to Oregon and he's been a stalwart in the secondary for the Crusaders this fall.  But he's been a big part of their offense too and had a monster game last weekend.  Douglas had four touchdown catches, of 17, 38, 61 and 75 yards and finished with 198 receiving yards.  The future Duck helped keep the Crusaders unbeaten.

Visit of the Week

The top skill prospect in Oregon, Elijah Molden from West Linn (Ore.), will head up the road to visit Washington officially.  Molden has already visited Stanford and Oregon and will make a decision in December.  He has USC in his top four but they won't get a visit. So all eyes turn to Washington, one of the longest standing schools in his recruitment.  Molden is an Oregon legacy, his father was a former Duck DB and NFL First Rounder.  Stanford has long been thought to be the favorite.  But the Huskies have stuck around and defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake was in Oregon to watch Molden two weeks ago.  Can the Huskies make a big move and give Molden something to really think about? That is their hope and they'll get their shot this weekend.

Prospect On the Rise

After making the move from Alaska to Oregon, Portland (Ore.) Westview defensive tackle Brandon Pili has seen the move pay off.  In the last two weeks, UCLA and USC have offered Pili, to go with previous offers from Oregon State and Colorado from the Pac-12.  Washington is trying to find a spot for him too in their small class- and it was at the Huskies' Rising Stars Camp in summer that he really started to make a name for himself.  And a few more Pac-12 schools could be getting involved soon with Pili, a 6-4, 310-pounder who is one of the more athletic big men in the West.

Underclassmen of the Week

It's easy for Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 2018 safety Stephan Blaylock to be overshadowed when on a stacked Bosco roster, including the top safety in the 2018 class, Jaiden Woodbey.  But being a key part of the Braves secondary is finally being noticed and Blaylock picked up his first offer this week, from nearby UCLA.  The 6-0, 175-pounder has been terrific this fall and is also hearing more from Utah, Notre Dame, Colorado State, Washington, Washington State and Oregon State and more offers should be close by for him.

Commitment Watch

Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum safety Trajon Cotton took his third official visit last weekend, to Colorado after he had previously visited Nebraska and Oregon.  Cotton is slated to visit Illinois next month but he told Scout he just 'might' take it.  The visit to Boulder left a big impression on him, just like the ones to Oregon and Nebraska did, and those three have been constants in his recruitment and were the three he'd always planned on visiting.  He could be getting closer to a decision and the uncertainty of visiting Illinois could mean he's ready to wind things down.

National recruiting analysts Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman and Mountain region analyst Blair Angulo compiled this notebook.

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